Financial advisors usually come up short in trust polls, trailing professionals like doctors and accountants. That’s why a recent survey from John Hancock caught my attention. It found that 84 percent of mass affluent investors said they trusted financial advisors more than their primary doctor (79 percent), accountants (74 percent), contractors/handymen (52 percent), bosses (49 percent) and real estate agents (43 percent).

Clearly, advisors are doing something right (congrats!). According to the survey, the top trust-building behaviors were giving clear explanations of investment recommendations and being knowledgeable and timely about products and trends. Also effective was disclosing one’s compensation and quickly answering client questions. 



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